‘Is there a career in handmade jewellery.”
A question someone asked me this week. My heart skipped a beat; not knowing what to say initially. Do I need a career? The dictionary tells us that the word career stands for “an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress.”
I felt immediately judged because I am ‘only’ a small business owner operating from home. I am not part of the traditional workforce and while I make progress each week, I am sure won’t move mountains any time soon.
I work from home, often more than 40 hours a week for a little wage. My hours are sometimes all over the place, but this allows me to work around my children and my partner’s needs.
And there it was, no, maybe there is not a career in handmade jewellery. But it allows me to work around my family. Not many workplaces let you drop everything because one of the children has a dance rehearsal, your oldest has a swimming carnival, your pet needs to see the vet, or you need to catch up on Netflix (kidding!)
These things are important to me now more than ever. Because we only have this one opportunity with our children and they are only young once.
Making handmade jewellery and art is not a career in a traditional way. It doesn’t bring in a ton of money, but it pays the bills. It pays for my children’s needs and that ice cream we get on a Sunday. It allows me to be with my family when they need me and I can be at home when my partner cant.
It also teaches my children that they can do anything if they really want it and put their mind towards it. They often come into the studio in awe of all the shiny things. They can see first hand the work that is required, and the kids help in their very own ways at times. It indeed is a family business.
Do I miss working a ‘proper job’? Do I have dreams to make a big difference in this word? I TOTALLY do! And there will be a time when my heart will follow this route again.
But for now, I will be creating beautiful keepsakes and art for you, something I genuinely enjoy and it lights up my soul every day! My jewellery helps many through the grieving process. I have many plans for my business, for myself and my family. And while I am not going to change the world today or tomorrow, I know that my humble little business is supporting my family. And that matters!
Whether you own a small business, work for a large company, or you are the full-time carer for your children – You do matter and what you do matters!
So here is a shout out to all the amazing people out there who are totally rocking it, sometimes winging but always believe that what they do matters.